Some people simply want a pair of jeans that fit. Then there are those who want a cute pair of jeans that fit. Oh, and then there are the shoppers who won’t be happy until they not only find a cute pair of jeans that fit, but one that has a designer label on it as well. Actually, it doesn’t stop there. It has to be a designer label at a discount cost. That’s OK because the thing is, there are a lot of people walking around with designer clothes, but they didn’t have to pay designer costs to get them. If you’re someone who thought you would never be able to own a BCBG dress or a Mezlan belt because it doesn’t fit into your budget, here are some tips that may put you in a label in no time!
Make time for discount stores
The upside of shopping in a Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom store is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for a designer purse or pair of shoes. It’s all right there. However, don’t underestimate the power of the TJ Maxx, DSW or even a local thrift store. There are some great designer labels at huge discounts tucked away there as well. If “time is money” is your motto when it comes to shopping, then that may work slightly against you in a discount store. You really should carve out about an additional hour or so more than you would at high-end retail to go through the racks. But to be able to possibly walk out with three suits for the price that you may have paid elsewhere for one, that should add up to time well spent.
Google for designer discounts
If you simply type in “designer discount clothing online”, you will be taken to a bevy of options ranging from two really popular designer shopping favorites Bluefly.com and Overstock.com to less know ones including Foreverfashion.com and Loehmanns.com. Remember that clothing designers like Marc Jacobs and Steve Madden also have their own websites for shopping. Type their name in a search engine and you might be surprised how many exclusive online shopping deals that they offer.
Search for private sales online
It continues to be one of the best-kept secrets online; hence, the word “private”, but basically a private sale is a sale that is available, exclusively, to members of various designer websites. Sites like Zuliliy, Ideeli and Hautelook are all websites that offer daily designer clothing deals at 50% off and more to people who actually join their website. Most only require your full name, birthdate and some login info. Do make sure to read their terms and conditions, though. Fine print often speaks to the right to change deals without notice.
Don’t forget promo codes
Promotional codes are one of the best things to happen to online shopping. It’s basically a code that you can type in on the payment screen that will provide you with a discount on your purchase. There are many popular retail chains that provide them; OldNavy.com promo codes are a popular one that comes to mind. If you have never taken advantage of this kind of deal, RetailMeNot.com is a shopper’s dream for promo codes. Just type in the store or designer you’re looking for and they’ll take it from there. Just be sure to pay close attention to the success rate (reflected in percentages) of the discount featured and to the section that says “Unpopular Coupons”. Those either don’t work or have expired.
Shop for opposite seasons
One of the best times to shop for winter gear is around February (a few weeks before it’s officially spring). One of the best times to shop for summer wear is in the fall. That’s because stores are focused on the current season that they’re in and so in order to get rid of merchandise from the previous one, they mark the prices down pretty low. It takes some doing, shopping in reverse, but it’s worth it to get a Badgley Mischka bathing suit with your autumn boots on if that means a 30% off discount!